Knowledge, Spaces, and Media

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The research focus "Knowledge, Spaces, and Media" will be reconstituted in 2017 in order to create a common basis for the history of knowledge and science (especially in connection with the Gotha Research Centre), historical-cultural space research and media-related research. The diversity of the projects as well as overarching collaborations have long shown that this is an attractive field of research that is capable of development. In the network of the Gotha and Erfurt locations, the mutual constitution processes of knowledge, spaces and media are being investigated. Connecting questions arise from each of these three perspectives, for example: How is knowledge constituted, ordered and historicised in practices, media and objects? How is knowledge spatialized (in archives, collections, exhibitions), and how are spaces produced through practices, knowledge and media? How do media contribute to the production, storage, mediation and transformation of knowledge? And to what extent do media constitute spaces? The core of the research area is thus a specifically Erfurt cultural studies discipline that also integrates social science approaches and - for example in the research group "Religion and Urbanity: Mutual Formations" - integrates religious studies.

Projects of the research focus (German only)


Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (Göttingen) publishes the anthology "Reformatio et memoria. Protestantische Erinnerungsräume und Erinnerungsstrategien in der Frühen Neuzeit" edited by Kathrin Paasch (Gotha), Christopher Spehr (Jena) and Siegrid Westphal…

The Franz Steiner Verlag has published the anthology "De homine. Anthropologien in der Frühen Neuzeit", edited by Sascha Salatowsky (Gotha) and Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann (Berlin). It sheds light on the manifold developments in the human sciences,…

Dr. habil. Julie Casteigt, Professor of Philosophy at the Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès, has been granted the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. This prize is awarded annually to scientists from…

René Smolarski from the University of Erfurt has just published a new volume entitled "Verbindung halten" (Keep in touch) in the „Post – Wert – Zeichen“ (Post - Value - Sign) series. It deals with (post)communication under difficult conditions.

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